A career planning and employment resource for people who are blind or partially sighted

Preparing for Work Resources

Below are profiles of organizations, programs, services and useful websites from around the world. Don’t hesitate to check out resources from other countries; they may be useful to you even though they aren’t specific to where you live.

  • American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) Directory

    Offering a large list of services in the US and Canada; you can also search via service or organizational name and you can narrow your search to specific Canadian provinces or American states. There are 325 listings under the heading “employment, job training”. 

    Keywords: directory, international, training, employment, sports and recreation, workplace accommodations, financial assistance, education, job seeking, career preparation

  • The Hadley School for the Blind - Directory

    The largest educator of people who are blind or partially sighted around the world, serving more than 10,000 students annually in 50 states and 100 countries, Hadley’s directory offers a comprehensive list of useful websites such as dog guide schools, distance education, specialized schools employment, parenting and independent living.

    Keywords: international, independent living, parenting, guide-dogs, job seekers, employment, training, education, assistive technology, recreation, directory

  • CNIB

    CNIB provides community-based support, education, advocacy for Canadians who are blind or partially sighted. CNIB offers a range of services, including personalized rehabilitation support—in one’s home, community or at a local CNIB office—as well as emotional and wellness support. As part of CNIB’s Employment Services program, employment counselors can help with career planning, job search, job retraining and workplace accommodations. Visit your province or territory’s section of the site to see what specific employment services are available in your community.

    In partnership with AFB, CNIB offers Career Connect Canada, a free resource that connects job seekers with mentors who also have vision loss.

    CNIB physical and online store provides assistive products that help with all aspects of daily life. The CNIB library offers books, magazines and newspapers in various accessible formats.

    A comprehensive mix of information, education, tools and resources, the website provides a dedicated section on Independent Living, offering tips and advice on how to keep enjoying everyday activities and stay safe doing so. The site helps people stay connected and informed through such resources as a blog, podcast and e-newsletter. It also educates readers on various eye conditions and offers an “ask the expert” section.

    Keywords: Canada, independent living, radio, podcast, online learning, library, workplace accommodations, employment services

  • CareerConnect

    American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

    An employment information resource for job seekers who are blind or partially sighted offering employment information, career exploration tools and job seeking guidance for students, adults and service providers.

    Keywords: United States, directory, mentors, training, labour market information, Finding mentors, Job/self match, Interview preparation/ follow up, career advancement

  • CNIB Library

    Makes library services accessible to people across Canada who cannot read print because of a visual, physical or learning disability. Services, available in English and French, are free. You can receive books and other materials online through the CNIB Digital Library or by having them mailed directly to your home. Also, in some participating provinces, you can access the CNIB Library materials through your public library. Accessible formats include audio, Braille and e-text.

    Keywords: Canada, directory, online learning, education, career preparation, job exploration

  • Workplace Essential Skills Partnership (WESP)

    Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work

    The program, funded by Employment Ontario, gives participants tools to be competitive in the job market and the confidence to become employed. Its varied offerings include: job searching tips, resume and cover letter writing, career development sessions, interview techniques and connecting with employers. WESP also helps employers find, recruit and pre-screen qualified candidates.

    Keywords: Ontario, training, mentors, career preparation, job seeking/search skills, finding job leads, interview preparation/follow-up, career advancement, workplace accommodations

  • Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities

    Service Canada

    offers funding for local, regional, and national projects with the mission of helping people with disabilities prepare for, obtain and maintain employment or self-employment.

    Keywords: Canada, training, grants, employment, job search

  • JAN- Job Accommodation Network

    U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)

    A job accommodation resource, consultants offer guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues for the benefit of employers and people with disabilities. Services for employers include consultation on the accommodation process and accommodation ideas. Individuals receive consults on job accommodation ideas, requesting and negotiating accommodations and their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related laws.

    Keywords: United States, employment counselling, training, work stations, equipment, workplace accommodation, consultation, podcast, job seekers

  • Careers in the Federal Public Service

    Public Service Commission of Canada

    Provides job postings for opportunities with the federal government. It also offers resources for those searching and preparing for jobs as well as links to intern/coop placements for students, the Federal Student Work Experience Program and post-secondary employment programs and opportunities.

    Keywords: Canada, job seekers, finding job leads, job search skills, career exploration, employment, federal student work experience program, job posting, available positions, internships, co-op positions, government jobs, high school, student jobs

  • CareerConnect - Aaron’s Adventures in Employment

    American Foundation for the Blind

    ​A video-radio series that follows Aaron, a teenager, as he searches for a job, deals with less-informed co-workers and gets college-ready, all the while offering tips, advice and good humour.

    Keywords: international, employment, high school, video, audio, success stories, mentor, training, interview preparation, interview follow up, workplace accommodation, career advancement, college preparation

  • Vision Aware

    American Foundation for the Blind and Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight

    An online resource providing free, practical, hands-on information to help promote independence and enhance quality of life for individuals who are blind or partially sighted, as well as their families, friends and service providers. Offers tips related to accessibility, living independently, employment and more.

    Keywords: international, training, online learning, career advancement, career preparation, workplace accommodations, interview preparation, interview follow-up

  • Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)

    Offers a comprehensive range of services and information to help people who are blind or partially sighted live independently. The website’s section on eye health includes information on various eye conditions; its employment section offers job tips and search opportunities. RNIB also runs schools for children, offers courses for adults and produces talking books and a number of magazines for people who are blind or partially sighted, including its member’s magazine, Vision. Among other services, RNIB offers technology support, advice on home safety and managing one’s finances. And for professionals, the organization provides training, consultancy services and practical online support, while offering information for employers too.

    Keywords: UK, job search skills, interview skills, leaving home, starting college, parents, video

  • Links/Resources Canadian Council of the Blind

    A host of links to various sites in Canada and across the globe. Categories include sports and recreation, employment, education and literacy, technology products and eye health resources.

    Keywords: international, directory, sports and recreation, disability specific skills, training, schools, employment, job seeking/search skills, finding job leads, interview preparation/follow-up, career advancement, health

  • Learning Ally

    A collection of more than 70,000 digitally recorded textbooks and literature titles, downloadable and accessible on mainstream as well as specialized assistive technology devices.

    Keywords: international, directory, online learning, education, books, high- school, post- secondary, career exploration, job preparation

  • Action for Blind People

    RNIB – Action for Blind People

    Offers a range of services, including: financial advice and housing support toward living independently; job search, building career skills and support for self-employment; social, sport and activity clubs for kids and emotional support and clinics for those recently diagnosed. They also provide technology training, support and advice, enabling people who are blind or partially sighted to become more independent and have better access to information, while parents have support groups to turn to. An ongoing blog offers personal first-hand accounts of people living with vision loss, the entries both inspiring and educational. The organization also runs a number of projects to help people who are blind or partially sighted, such as, the Concept Conference Centre—a social enterprise that trains and employs people who are blind or partially sighted to work in the kitchen and administration—and Supporting People which provides housing-related support.

    Keywords: UK, sports and recreation, mentors, labour market information, blog, training, self-employment support

  • Job Search Toolkit

    RNIB

    With the aim of helping job seekers who are blind or partially sighted develop a variety of skills to help them find work, the toolkit addresses things like confidence, body language and visual presentation. It offers fact, tips, worksheets and role play exercises as well as advice on how to find the right job. Titled “Job Search, the Real Story” and comprising five modules, the toolkit also covers issues related to service providers and employers, providing them with advice on how to effectively offer employees a successful work opportunity.

    Keywords: UK, training, career preparation, job seeking/ search skills, interview preparation/follow-up, career advancement, workplace accommodations, employer concerns

  • Canada Pension Plan Disability Vocational Rehabilitation Program

    Service Canada

    Provides vocational counselling, financial support for training, and job search services to recipients of Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefits, with the aim of helping them return to work. Services include: one-on-one guidance, developing a return-to-work rehabilitation plan, improving skills, retraining and prepping for employment.

    Keywords: Canada, mentoring, career counselling, grants, training, career advancement, job maintenance

  • Service Canada

    Job site for Canadians looking for work in all areas. The website offers job tools, career planning, a resume builder, job bank, labour market research, as well as some specific services for people with disabilities, such as employment support. 

    Keywords: Canada, directory, training, grants

  • Ability Edge

    Career Edge

    A Canadian program that connects graduates with disabilities access to meaningful, six to 12-month paid internship work opportunities within the private, public and non-for-profit sector. The aim is to ensure, once the internship is complete, prospects have the confidence and valuable real-world business experience to pursue their career.

    Keywords: Canada, directory, training, internship opportunity, career preparation

  • WORKink

    Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work

    An online career development and employment portal for Canadians with disabilities, it provides job search tools, career guidance and resources related to education and employment. It also offers some free programs to help job seekers build up their skills and capacity. Workplace Essential Skills Partnership (WESP), is a four-week program, Partners for Workplace Inclusion Program (PWIP) enhances employability skills and Youth the Future is focused on carving successful education and career paths

    Keywords: Canada, education resources, employment resources, job search, training, education

  • Ontario Disability Support Program: Employment Supports

    Ontario Government: Ministry of Community and Social Services

    Run by the Ministry of Community and Social Services, ODSP Employment Supports provides diverse employment services to Ontarians with all types of disabilities at the local level. These include help finding a job, job coaching and interviewing skills, transportation and mobility services, assistive devices and training, and assistance setting up a small business. The application package can be found on the website. Medical documentation of a disability is required, though this is waived for Ontarians who are legally blind and who are registered with the CNIB.

     

    Keywords: Ontario, employment counseling, training, grants, interview preparation, training, self-employment support

  • The CareerConnect Mentor Program

    American Foundation for the Blind

    A database of over one thousand mentors who are blind or partially sighted who work in three hundred job categories. It can be searched by job title, location, or type of assistive technology each professional requires. Users can contact mentors via e-mail after registration. Also includes a large number of stories about individuals who have found meaningful employment.

    Keywords: United States, mentors, success stories

  • Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work

    Dedicated to promoting and supporting equitable employment of persons with disabilities, the network offers a range of programs and services including WORKink® an online career development and employment portal, and the Partners for Workplace Inclusion Program (PWIP), providing job seekers with tools to prepare for a career or secure employment. The organization also provides accessibility solutions and disability awareness training and tools to develop a diversity plan for companies.

    Keywords: Canada, finding job leads, interview preparation, job seeking/search skills, finding job leads, career advancement, workplace accommodations, employment counselling, training, grants

  • JOIN, Job Opportunity Information Network

    A network of 22 community agencies in Toronto who assist Persons with Disabilities to find and maintain employment. They also assist employers in finding qualified candidates to meet their hiring needs. Offers mentoring events, job fairs with reputable employers, and employer conferences.​

    Keywords: Toronto, job seekers, employers, service providers, mentorship

  • AFB YouTube channel

    American Foundation for the Blind

    Fifty-one videos on a range of topics including golfing, workplace accommodation, orientation & mobility, assistive technology and Helen Keller.

    Keywords: international, interview preparation/ follow-up, career advancement workplace accommodation, online learning, training, video

  • Action for Blind People—Employment Success

    Action for Blind People

    Video by Action for Blind People showcasing a successful story of employment in the UK and the Access to Work scheme.

    Keywords: international, training, mentors, video, workplace accommodation, workstations, equipment, employer concerns

  • NFB-Link

    National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

    Provides mentoring relationships for individuals who are blind or partially sighted. Offers guidance and resources on a variety of things, such as, career development, advice for families and friends, tips for seniors and living independently.

    Keywords: United States, mentor, support

  • Online Abilities Project

    A Canadian service that partners with corporate organizations to place skilled candidates in employment related to their fields. Typically offered free for employers, who may also be eligible for a wage subsidy, the program provides the opportunity for individuals to apply their skills in the workplace. The Online Abilities program also offers a range of job support services, such as, resume preparation, career planning, job coaching, self-employment information and advice, workshops, training and guiding employers through workplace accommodations.

    Keywords: Canada, grants, training, workplace accommodations, resume preparation, job coaching, employer resources, job seeking/search skills

  • Careers and Community for Talented People with Disabilities

    GettingHired

    US resource that connects job seekers with jobs, employers, advocacy organizations and service providers. Helping people build their careers, there are articles, forums, blogs and a social networking platform connects job seekers with each other and career mentors.

    Keywords: United States, employment counselling, training, labour market information

  • AFB CareerConnect

    American Foundation for the Blind

    Hosts articles on job seeking skills, a database of mentors who are blind or partially sighted, and success stories. Job seekers can register to obtain further resources, including an online course on choosing and pursuing a career (Job Seeker's Toolkit), a résumé builder, message boards, and the chance to contact the mentors profiled on the site.

    Keywords: United States, job search skills, mentors, success stories, online learning, resume preparation

  • Link Up Employment Services for Persons with Disabilities

    An employment services agency for job seekers with disabilities that offers a comprehensive list of services, including assessments, career guidance and job search support. They also run employment-related workshops and seminars, host presentations by businesses in the community and offer wide access to a variety of self-service employment resources. The organization also help employers in assessing and organizing job accommodations, including modifications to workstations, provision of assistive devices, and job coaching for clients.

    Keywords: Canada, job search skills, self-employment support, assistive devices, workshops, job seekers, workplace accommodation

  • MAB-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre

    A Quebec-based service, working in a collaborative and interdisciplinary fashion, the organization provides specialized and ultra-specialized adaptation, rehabilitation, and social integration services to people with a significant and persistent disability.  The Centre’s clients range and include children and adolescents who are blind or partially sighted. Services offered include visual skills training, assessments, psychosocial support and occupational therapy. Services are offered in French and in English and only to those living in Québec.

    Keywords: Quebec, training, rehabilitation

  • CareerConnect Canada

    CNIB

    A free resource for students and any job seeker looking to explore jobs and network, for employers looking to diversify their workplace and for friends or family members who want to help someone in their career exploration. CareerConnect Canada offers a mentorship program whereby people connect online with individuals who are blind or partially sighted working in their fields. Using their knowledge and first-hand experience, they provide advice, encouragement and networking opportunities and can also help employers learn about accommodations and other ways in which they can diversify their workplace. 

    Keywords: Canada, labour market information, mentor, job/self match, employer concerning, workplace accommodation, training

  • Scarborough Centre for Employment Accessibility

    Toronto District School Board

    Assists Persons with Disabilities prepare and look for employment or self-employment, as well as develop the skills necessary to maintain employment.  Offers frequent workshops on organizing your job search, document creation, resume review, job coaching,  and job fair success tips. Will soon offer a workshop about searching for a job using social networking sites such as Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter. ​

    Keywords: Toronto, social networks, job seekers, self-employment, maintaining employment

  • Employment Services for Clients

    March of Dimes

    Although not all services are free the march of dimes employment service  offers a functional abilities evaluation, vocational assessments, psycho-vocational assessments, labour market surveys. They also offer a success rate of 80% for all people serviced. ​

    Keywords: Toronto, Canada, job seekers, assessments,

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